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Name Landon Donovan
Gender Male
Ethnic American
Job American Footballer
Desc Landon Donovan is arguably the greatest American soccer player of all time

Affiliation

Org USA National Team
Club as Coach San Diego Loyal
Club as Player Club Leon
  San Jose Earthquakes
  LA Galaxy
  Bayer Leverkusen
  Bayern Munich
  Everton

Affiliation

Wife Hannah Donovan
Son Talon Donovan
  Slate Donovan
Daughter Raven Donovan

2016 09 09 Retrieve

[Former USA international Landon Donovan reveals why he made the decision to come out of retirement and re-join his former club LA Galaxy for the remainder of the 2016 MLS season] Since my retirement, I have remained in close contact with many of the staff and players on the [LA] Galaxy. I spoke with some of them and they jokingly asked if I was ready to make a return to the field to help fill some of the void left by injuries and departures. I reminded them that I haven’t played a meaningful soccer game in almost two years and I certainly couldn’t fill the holes left by those players. Over the ensuing days, I began to think about their inquiries and it struck me that perhaps this is something I should consider

2017 03 25 Retrieve

[Landon Donovan confirms his retirement from football] I can’t even chase my son around my house. So, I don’t think so. Yeah, I’m done. I’m done. No more playing for me. I have not [gone public]. But that is definitely the case

2018 01 20 Retrieve

[Landon Donovan comes out of retirement to sign for Liga MX side Club Leon] It’s not going to happen. When I decide in my mind that I want to do something, I do it. Almost without realising it as I got into my teens, I played with a distinct style different from other Americans and I never really understood why until I really started to analyse it and realised that I grew up playing with Mexicans and Latinos. I didn’t know any other style of football. I was born in Southern California, I grew up talking and playing with Mexicans and it’s part of my soul

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Landon Donovan congratulates Carlos Vela as MLS MVP] Carlos, congratulations on an incredible year. It was a privilege and an honor to watch you represent Los Angeles

2019 11 14 Retrieve

I think when I had kids, my mentality changed. I come from a family of teachers. And so, more than coaching or managing, I really like teaching and helping people sort of get to the next step … I was naive at first thinking I’d like to kind of run the soccer side and be the coach

[Carrie Taylor, believed to be the first female coach of an American men’s pro soccer team, will serve as one of Donovan’s assistants] Carrie is the most qualified person on our staff

[So what kind of manger will Donovan be?] I don’t envision myself running every training session by myself à la Pep [Guardiola] or Jurgen Klopp, who are very hands on. For me, there’s more benefit in stepping back and seeing the big picture. That’s what I was good at as a player. I knew what to do, where to be. I don’t know how to coach that

One thing that I think is probably most important at the professional level is communication. Players would always say, I don’t care if I’m not starting, or I’m not in the 18, or you want to cut me. Just tell me to my face and be honest. So many coaches dance around it and in the end you get resentment because of that. And so what I want to be is direct and honest but with compassion, understanding that this is their livelihood. Especially at the USL level, [if] you’re making 30 grand a year, it’s a big deal if you’re not starting if you have a $500 bonus

[The fact that Donovan was an elite player] means nothing, except that you have credibility and respect initially. You can lose that really fast [Without naming him, he mentions the experience of working under former Ballon d’Or winner Ruud Gullit in L.A] He was a terrible, terrible coach. Terrible. Maybe the worst I had. So it doesn’t mean anything

Being aware of that is the starting point. And then the second piece is, and this is just crazy the way the world works, as painful and as hard as 2014 was, it gave me compassion that I never had before. It allowed me to see that not everyone makes the team. Not everyone’s the star, people get cut or don’t make the roster. Being able to go to someone and say, ‘I know what that’s like’ and not, ‘Oh, that must suck,’ is so valuable

[What happens if things go sideways?] The beauty of being in this position - although in some ways you could say it’s really awkward to be an executive and an owner and a coach - is that I have the big picture in mind. And if we’re bad, and I’m really bad at this, I’ll step out of the way. And it would hurt. But if I’m not good at it, I shouldn’t be doing it. That’s just the reality. And I have no issue with that

Every day with your kids, you’re managing and coaching them. And you’re teaching them. You’re being very deliberate about what you say, how and when you say it. I don’t always get it right. Sometimes I blow up. But you try to be very intentional with your words. I like that. That’s fun for me, to see them connect with something you say in a real way. Now I have the opportunity to do it to 25 young people, not just these three at home